Saturday, April 5, 2008
Saturday at the Park
The Twins played an afternoon game today and beat the Royals again. Each of the Twins four full-season affiliates played afternoon games, including a doubleheader for Beloit. Here are some thoughts on each.
Twins Thoughts (Twins 6, Royals 4)
The Denard Span Era has begun! Span got to the field shortly before the game began. He didn’t play, but I can’t help but be excited for him. As for the game, Justin Morneau had a nice game. He hit a 3-run homer that gave the Twins a 3-2 lead off of Gil Meche, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. He later had an RBI double. Matt Tolbert also went 2-4. Craig Monroe picked up his first hit of the year, an RBI double. Jason Kubel, who played in RF, drove in the other Twins run.
· Did you notice that Adam Everett already has two errors?
· Did you notice that Joe Mauer went 0-2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt? Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike the sacrifice bunt? Especially coming from one of the team’s best hitters, and especially when it isn’t in the 9th inning or later?
· Livan Hernandez improved to 2-0. He gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out just two, but he walked no one. So far, so good, I guess!
· Matt Guerrier pitched a scoreless 8th frame in front of Joe Nathan who recorded his third save in as many tries.
· Again, that’s perfect… get a lead, have the starter go seven innings, let Pat Neshek or Matt Guerrier pitch the 8th with Joe Nathan in the 9th. Another decent option would be the starter going six with Jesse Crain in the picture as well.
· Congratulations to Francisco Liriano and his wife on the birth of their son, Kevin.
· How about the Pittsburgh Pirates? The last two games, their middle infield has been Luis Rivas at SS and Chris Gomez at 2B!
· Is there any good reason this game wasn’t on TV today?
Red Wings Report (Rochester 2, Richmond 8)
· Philip Humber got his first start in the Twins organization and it probably didn’t go as he’d hope. In four innings, he gave up five runs (3 earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out three. He may have simply had too much control as 48 of his 66 pitches were strikes.
· Heath Totten, who has no business being in AAA (or AA?) came in and gave up three runs on four hits in two innings.
· Mariano Gomez and Casey Daigle each pitched a scoreless inning.
· Brian Buscher went 2-4 with a homer.
Rockcats Ramblings (New Britain 1, Portland 2)
· Anthony Swarzak is off to a much better start for the Rockcats than last year. He allowed just one run on three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
· Yohan Pino went two shutout innings in relief. He always starts the season in the bullpen. David Shinskie then threw a scoreless inning. Jay Sawatski took the loss by allowing a run in his inning.
· The Rockcats had just three hits. Dustin Martin had an RBI double.
Miracle Bits (Ft. Myers 1, Dunedin 5 – Postponed by rain in 7)
· Deolis Guerra was quite impressive in his Twins organization debut. He went the first five innings and gave up just one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out six.
· Jose Lugo got his batter out. But then Danny Vais came in and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk for the loss. And then the rains came.
· The Miracle bats managed just three hits. Brian Dinkelman had a double. Rene Tosoni and Yancarlos Ortiz had singles. Danny Valencia drove in the lone run.
(Game 1 – Beloit 1, Kane County 3)
· Mike McCardell got the loss. He worked the first four innings and gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.
· Loek Van Mill struck out three in two perfect innings. Has he turned the corner?
· Blair Erickson also pitched a scoreless inning.
· The Snappers had five hits total, but Ramon Santana, Danny Lehman and Joe Benson each had a double.
· Chris Parmelee went 0-3, but he didn’t strike out!
(Game 2 – Beloit 3, Kane County 6)
· Michael Tarsi gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five.
· Spencer Steedley threw two scoreless innings.
· The Snappers had just four hits, but Chris Parmelee and Garrett Olson each hit a home run
· New Twin Jair Fernandez had a double.
Keep the comments coming and have a good night!